Seven Arrested Protesting DeKalb Killing of Anthony Hill
(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, March 14, 2015, friends of Anthony Hill from his apartment complex in unincorporated DeKalb County, and from the surrounding community, held a memorial service on the spot where he was killed by DeKalb County Police.
Hill was killed by DeKalb Police on March 09, 2015, as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News.
Barry Abramson, Nijae Smith, Brenda Hernandez, Nigil Jones, Justin Carter, a sixth adult, and one minor were among those arrested, according to police reports provided to APN by DeKalb County Police Department.
[One report appears to be missing from the package of email attachments provided to APN, as it is cross-referenced in another report but is not included in the package.]
Activists from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network; Revolution Club Atlanta; Black Lives Matter; and others, who heard about the action on social media, joined in the ceremony.
Activists draped a yellow caution tape to rope off the complex, as the gathering chanted, “Justice for Anthony Hill!” Tee Stern of Revolution Books recalled in an interview with APN.
After the memorial service, about two hundred people took to the streets for almost two hours, marching through a freeway underpass and on to Chamblee Tucker Road near I-285.
“During this protest, we blocked off traffic to keep the protesters safe from being struck by traffic as the protest veered off the sidewalks and onto the roadway,” one police report stated.
Police apparently got weary of following the protest around the area, and eventually ordered them to get out of Chamblee Tucker Road.
“While getting them back on the side walk [sic] a few protesters re-entered the roadway causing a disturbance, at which time they were taken into custody,” one report stated.
Police allege that Abramson encouraged protesters to return to the roadway and shouted, “F*ck the police, we don’t have to do what they say!” Police allege they grabbed Abramson and that he snatched his arm away, shouting, “Don’t fucking touch me!”
Abramson was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement.
Smith and Hernandez were arrested for obstructing law enforcement, and for failure to obey authorized persons directing traffic. Police allege they refused to move from the street lane and resisted arrest.
Jones allegedly ran into the road towards an officer while the officer was arresting one of the protesters, shouting, “Let her go!” He was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement.
Several protesters were calling the police “racist! murderer!” according to one report.
“We would not be here having this protest, if you did not kill somebody,” Stern shouted to the police, she recalled.
Carter allegedly ran at a police officer while he was making another arrest, allegedly shouting, “Fuck you! Fuck you! Take out your gun and kill me!”
Carter was arrested for obstruction and disorderly conduct.
A minor was also arrested for allegedly refusing to move out of the roadway.
She was a fourteen year-old girl who was best friends with Hill, according to Stern.
She was released to her father’s custody, according to Stern and a police report. However, her mother went to jail, according to Stern.
The arrested protesters spent the night in DeKalb County jail, and all bonded out by Sunday, March 15, 2015, according to Stern.